- To foster and support scholarship and research in the study of language and literacies.
- To foster and support collaborative inquiry and innovative approaches to conducting research and disseminating findings.
- To enrich the scholarly lives of affiliates, including the lives of graduate students and emerging scholars.
- To provide an annual thematic study of current scholarship and research including:
- Visiting eminent scholars
- Research presentations to the university community
- Brown bag conversations with affiliates
- Invited presentations by affiliates
- Reading groups, scheduled regularly, open to faculty and graduate students
- To maintain The Martha King Center seminar room, in 200 Ramseyer Hall
- A venue for seminars, presentations, and conversations
- A venue for classes to use the resources housed in the seminar room:
- Scholarly publications by affiliates
- Scholarly books and journals
- The Bonnie Chambers Children’s Literature Collection and Teaching Resource
- To maintain a website to support the vision and mission of the Center
- Faculty and graduate students from across the university who are interested in the study of language and literacies may affiliate with the Martha L. King Center for Language and Literacies
- The Center provides a forum for dialogue across diverse communities
- Affiliates recognize and value the following:
- Conversations across disciplines and theoretical perspectives on language and literacies
- The social, cultural, economic, political, and ethical dimensions of language and literacy
- Literacy as a public and personal practice
- Literacies at work across the lifecycle and in various contexts including home, communities, schools, families, workplace, recreational, global, and natural settings.